Review: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan 💗 Unexpected softness and found family

Review_ The Tyrant's Tomb

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CW’s: Grief/Death

Representation 🌷 Bi MC

In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or die trying.

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.Let's Talk (2)


“Have you completely made up for all the bad things you’ve done? No. But you keep adding to the “good things” column. That’s all any of us can do.”

Apollo grew so much in this book, and I’m proud of him 💗 His character Arc is masterfully done in all books, making him slowly evolve from the ignorant, arrogant god he used to be to a more empathetic and understanding human. You still see glimpses of his old selfishness and want to escape his punishment but throughout the book, Apollo shows that he isn’t the same person he was when he first came to Earth at the beginning of the Hidden Oracle. Though he’ll always be a bit arrogant and self-centered, in the Tyrant’s Tomb we see a caring Apollo who is more willing than ever before to put himself on the line if it means saving his companions. The book also addresses some of his most deep-seated shame as Apollo recounts how many people he’s wrong and hurt instead of keeping them safe. He begins to realize that he was incredibly cruel and careless about their feelings, something he deeply regrets. I liked how the story approached him coming to terms with the fact that he was acting like a bully in his time as a god and how he can make up for the hurt he caused. The big question remains: Does he really want to go back to Olympus and become the same ignorant god he once was or is there room for change? I don’t know how Rick Riordan will approach the big finale for Apollo but there’s a lot in store for him in the last book, as Apollo’s want to finally escape the punishment of his father is at war with the promise he made to remember human life.

There was so much found family & softness, it warmed my heart 💗 I’m a big fan of found family and all the mushy feelings, so the Tyrant’s Tomb was perfect for me. I got everything I wanted and then some more. In this book, Apollo is more open to sharing his feelings, especially in the situation he finds himself in. His admitting how much he loves and cares for Meg made me tear up because he’s basically adopted her by now. In return, we see that Meg cares deeply for him as well even though she usually isn’t the person to show that outright. They’ve been through a lot together and even the banter comes from a deep place of love and sense of family. What also warmed my heart was Apollo meeting Frank again, who used to hope he was his father before he discovered otherwise in the Heroes of Olympus. Apollo still had a soft spot for him and Frank is one of the few people who aren’t hesitant about a god suddenly being turned mortal. There’s another spoilery reunion as well that has Apollo going all mushy and emotional that also made me so happy 🥰

I loved returning to Camp Jupiter and getting to know new characters 💗 I’ve always preferred Camp Half-Blood but I liked Camp Jupiter a lot better in this book than in the Heroes of Olympus series! We get to see a bit more of the camp and delve deeper into everyday life as Apollo spends a majority of the book here and it becomes a major location (more so than in the books before for sure). We see Ella and Tyson again, but of course also Hazel, Frank, and Reyna. It was great seeing everyone again, as I love the book series bringing back old characters one at a time in each installment. My favorite newly introduced character has to be Lavinia, a bubblegum loving demigod who doesn’t quite fit into the rigid rules of camp and frequently sneaks out (partly to see the female dryad of her dreams). I love her enthusiastic and bold attitude because it was so at odds with the very strict lifestyle of camp. I also enjoyed seeing more demigods of minor parentage as we mostly see demigod children of the big, major gods! In the end, I liked how all the characters ended up.

The book managed to be hopeful despite the dark atmosphere 💗 I’ve seen some comments that the book has a very dark atmosphere, but I personally didn’t feel like it was dragging me down. Of course, The Tyrant’s Tomb addresses the grief that everyone had to deal with, a lot of people died and Camp Jupiter had to lose a lot as well. Even Apollo finds himself in a hopeless situation with a lot of blame still weighing him down and the burden that he cannot give up and has to act like he’s got a plan. A terrible invasion is threatening to wipe out the entire camp that is already beaten up, and yet there is hope. That’s why I found the book to be inspiring and personally not too dark at all. The way Apollo found hope in the people he loved in the face of tragedy and impossible stakes was what touched me. Even when he knows this could be the end, he keeps fighting for the people around him and harbors that hope that things turn out okay. And that’s all we can do, right? When everything has turned against us but there might be a slim chance we could win, human nature is to try and take it anyway.

“I forgive you. Not because you deserve it. Not for your sake at all. But because I will not go into oblivion carrying hate when I can carry love.”

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Have you read The Trials of Apollo? What’s your favorite character from Camp Jupiter? 💗


3 thoughts on “Review: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan 💗 Unexpected softness and found family

  1. I haven’t read this book yet but I love Apollo! He’s always my favorite god in the past series (except, well, Hades) but his arc in this book has been superb! He truly has the best character development. I’m so glad to hear you loving this book, I hope I could read it before the year ends! 🙂

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    1. I hope you end up liking the book once you get to it! 🙂 Apollo is one of my favorites as well and I love to see how he grows in each book 🥰 Very nervous for the next book though, as it will already be the end and I have no idea how Rick Riordan is going to end everything 😱


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